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Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V

Portability
98
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24
Olympus FE-25 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Key Specs

Olympus FE-25
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 0
  • No Video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 93 x 62 x 24mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Released July 2011
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Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Olympus FE-25 versus Sony HX9V, former is a Ultracompact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a large gap among the image resolutions of the FE-25 (10MP) and HX9V (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FE-25 was manufactured 3 years earlier than the HX9V which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-25 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony HX9V being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple view of how the FE-25 scores against the HX9V when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-25 over the Sony HX9V

 FE-25 HX9V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the Olympus FE-25

 HX9V FE-25 
ReleasedJuly 2011January 2009More modern by 30 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution921k112kSharper display (+809k dot)

Common features in the Olympus FE-25 and Sony HX9V

 FE-25 HX9V 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and volume. The Olympus FE-25 features physical measurements of 93mm x 62mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) whilst the Sony HX9V has sizing of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

Examine the Olympus FE-25 versus Sony HX9V in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the FE-25 versus the HX9V.

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FE-25 and HX9V is 98 and 91 respectively.

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizes simply by researching technical specs. The image here may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-25 and HX9V.

As you have seen, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You can expect to see the Sony HX9V to render more detail due to its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics more aggressively. The more aged FE-25 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus FE-25
Portrait photography with Sony HX9V
19
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
39
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Street photography factors
Sony HX9V Street photography factors
48
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
maximum ISO low (0)
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (245 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus FE-25
Sports photography with Sony HX9V
16
can't change focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
44
great zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-25 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX9V as a Travel photography camera
61
has built in flash
great max aperture (f)
does not have Timelapse function
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
69
lighter than competition (245g)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
great zoom (384mm)
no Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus FE-25
Landscape photography with Sony HX9V
27
great max aperture (f)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (()mm)
screen is somewhat small (2.4")
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
maximum ISO low (0)
doesn't have RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
49
has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Vlogging features
Sony HX9V Vlogging features
9
can't record video
33
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (245 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no microphone jack
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Olympus FE-25 vs Sony HX9V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-25 and Sony HX9V
 Olympus FE-25Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus FE-25 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-01-07 2011-07-19
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2768 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO - 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.4 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 112k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 4.00 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight - 245g (0.54 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 62 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Price at release $15 $328